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Large Aquaponics Project A Berlin NY project with a Bridgeport, CT Connection - Urban Roots is building a STEM Green House Aquaponics System. The kids who participate will be invited to spend a week at the NY facility and learn all about Aquaponics

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by Alex Brooks
A non-profit organization called Clearwater Aquaponics is buying the Seagroatt property in Berlin for the purpose of raising fish and vegetables in a symbiotic system known as aquaponics.
The Executive Director of the organization, Joanne Willard, has lived in Berlin for two years. She and Clearwater’s Director of Strategic Development, Malcolm Ashley, held a public meeting on June 16 at the United Methodist Church in Berlin to tell local people about the project and answer any questions. Call 404-483-1570

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Sustainable Energy Funding Program
SEFP also provides non-profit financing for renovations, historic preservation, or new construction projects that improve energy efficiency, serve a public purpose, and promote economic development. We also finance the building of bio-mass and co-gen plants, micro-grids, district heating systems, and waste water treatment facilities

Phtha-what? The Facts on Phthalates and Adult Sex Toys Sex Guides and Tips By Amanda Holloway (Best Article, Greener Adult Sex Toys!

Phtha-what? The Facts on Phthalates and Sex Toys

Sex Guides and Tips
By Amanda Holloway


"The government doesn't regulate sex toys, so it's been left to adult industry to produce better products – and to you, the consumer, to find out the whole story on phthalates in order to make informed decisions. Lucky for you, EdenFantasys.com is here to help!"

"Phthalates are so pervasive that, according to a study by the US Centers for Disease Control, human exposure is ubiquitous.[1] In fact, phthalates even contaminate our food and drinking water. But if these chemicals are everywhere, what's the fuss?
Here's the thing: studies on animals have demonstrated increased risk of liver damage, as well as reproductive organ damage, coinciding with increased phthalate exposure.[2] Also, phthalates have a demonstrated effect on hormones; in humans, phthalate exposure has been linked to lowered sperm quality in men,[3] premature breast development in young women,[4] and improper genital development in baby boys.[5] Exposure to phthalate dust has been linked to the development of asthma in children.[6] Scientists suspect some phthalates may be carcinogenic as well.[7] The plastics industry is quick to defend their use of phthalates,[8] but the simple fact is that we just don't know, and it may be years before we have any definitive answers as to their safety.
Regardless, the European Union felt the risks associated were uncertain enough to enact a ban on six different phthalates used in children's toys.[9] Canadian authorities have advised retailers and manufacturers to end the sale of baby's teething rings and dogs' chew-toys containing phthalates as well.[10] Now, if Canadians will not give toys with phthalates to their dogs, shouldn't we think twice about putting them where the sun doesn't shine?"




lATIMES - Advocacy group calls for clearer seafood consumption guidelines



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FamilyConsumersEnvironmental PoliticsEnvironmental IssuesU.S. Environmental Protection Agency
The advice to eat more seafood for a healthy heart might be familiar, but when consumers get to the fish counter, there are confusing questions galore: Which types have the most of those good fatty acids? Which are high in mercury? Which are better for the environment?
The Environmental Working Group, in a report out Tuesday, says the federal government is not doing a good enough job at answering those questions for consumers, especially when it comes to advice covering children and pregnant women.
"You can’t just tell people to double or triple their consumption" without clear information about what to eat, Sonya Lunder, one of the authors of the report, said by phone Tuesday.

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May 2014 global sea surface temp ties as warmest on record for any month, per @NOAANCDC #StateOfClimate Report http://1.usa.gov/1jAGaCP

2014 global sea surface temp ties as warmest on record for any month, per Report

The APP - WhaleALERT app helps ship captains steer clear of right whales. #ESDay http://oceantoday.noaa.gov/endoceannarightwhales/ …

VIDEO: The WhaleALERT app helps ship captains steer clear of right whales.

#HurricanePrep should be to find out if you live in a #stormsurge evacuation zone. #KnowYourZone http://ow.ly/3kL2xo

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Part of should be to find out if you live in a evacuation zone.

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Retweeted by NOAA Ocean Today StateDeptOES @StateDeptOES · Jun 16 Solving plastic marine pollution is an #innovation challenge & entrepreneurial opportunity. #OurOcean2014 @Beyond_Plastic

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Solving plastic marine pollution is an challenge & entrepreneurial opportunity.

Yobo @yourolivebranch A non-profit that shares positive news stories from both its readers and traditional news outlets in order to help further global peace and sustainability. COOL!

A non-profit that shares positive news stories from both its readers and traditional news outlets in order to help further global peace and sustainability.

FAIRFIELD ENERGY CHALLENGE Fairfield Clean Energy Task Force and Live Green CT! have launched The Fairfield Energy Challenge. The Challenge runs through December 31st, 2014. All Fairfield residents are invited to participate in The Fairfield Energy Challenge, the Home Energy Solutions program (HES) and to learn about energy-efficient services such as weatherization, designed to increase the comfort of your home. In honor of Fairfield's 375th Anniversary, the goal of The Challenge is to complete 375 Home Energy Assessments. What a profound way to celebrate a cities anniversary.



FAIRFIELD ENERGY CHALLENGE
Fairfield Clean Energy Task Force and Live Green CT! have launched The Fairfield Energy Challenge. The Challenge runs through December 31st, 2014. All Fairfield residents are invited to  participate in The Fairfield Energy Challenge, the Home Energy Solutions program (HES) and to learn about energy-efficient services such as weatherization, designed to increase the comfort of your home. In honor of Fairfield's 375th Anniversary, the goal of The Challenge is to complete 375 Home Energy Assessments. 

DD Vasseur a Probusiness Environmental Advocate: (A Minority Business Assoc & Center For Joint Venture Board Member) ( Bridgeport CT (UNFI) Food Club Volunteer) (Milford, CT ECC Volunteer Chair Of Sustainable Urban Enterprise ) Looking For Partners - Announcing 2015 Edible Insect Sustainable Product Design Challenge" Email: ddmiddens@gmail.com Subject Line "2015 Edible Insect Sustainable Product Design Challenge - Call DD Vasseur at 203-283-1441 or 203-997-8081

Why Continuous Improvement May Need To Be Discontinued - http://www.forbes.com/leadership/ one of my favorites!




LEADERSHIP  20,775 views

Why Continuous Improvement May Need To Be Discontinued



"Is it possible to suggest that Six SigmaKaizenLean, and other variations on continuous improvement can be hazardous to your organization’s health? While it may be heresy to say this, recent evidence from Japan and elsewhere suggests that it’s time to question these methods."
................................................................... READ THE GUTS - see link at the top of this post!


"Assess the impact on company culture. Take a hard look at the cultural implications of continuous improvement. How do they affect day-to-day behaviors? A data-driven mindset may encourage managers to ignore intuition or anomalous data that doesn’t fit preconceived notions. In other cases it causes managers to ask execution-oriented, cost-focused questions way too early, instead of percolating and exploring ideas through messy experimentation that can’t be justified through traditional metrics.
Continuous improvement doesn’t have to be incompatible with disruptive innovation. But unless we think about continuous improvement in more subtle, nuanced, and creative ways, we may force companies to choose between the two.
What are your views about continuous improvement and innovation?"
Editor’s Note:  version of this blog was cross-posted on HBR.org.
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IACT_Next Meeting Connecticut's oldest and largest inventor's group / When: Monday, June 30, 2014; 7:00 PM. cost: Admission is free / Who: Warren Tuttle What: "Patent Troll Bill - The INSIDE STORY"

Who: Warren Tuttle
What: "Patent Troll Bill - The INSIDE STORY"
Where: Fairfield University Dolan School of Business DINING ROOM (104A)
When: Monday, June 30, 2014; 7:00 PM.
cost: Admission is free.


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Google's states of play - (Sign up for POLITICO’s Morning Tech tip sheet) Has hired lobbyists to remove roadblocks facing its fleet of driver-free Priuses. Ultrafast Fiber Internet & Glass, its high-tech spectacles - Bureacracy is killing American Progress - I support Google's Fight! DD Vasseur - I'm going to do it for them for free in Connecticut! I want high Ultra High Speed Internet and fleets of self-driving cars. This would benefit Connecticut because we are home to a state that ranks 5th or 6th majority of elderly population.

Google's states of play

People are shown on laptops in front of the Google logo.
Google has hired an army of lobbyists from coast to coast. | AP Photo
Google is a Washington powerhouse that shapes federal law, rewards congressional allies and boasts a new 54,000-square-foot office, just down the road from the U.S. Capitol. But the Internet giant quietly has planted its political roots in places far beyond the Beltway — in state legislatures and city councils that have become hotbeds for tech policy fights.
The company has hired an army of lobbyists from coast to coast as it seeks to protect its self-driving cars, computer-mounted glasses and other emerging technologies from new rules and restrictions, according to an analysis of state records. It’s an aggressive offensive meant to counter local regulators, who increasingly cast a skeptical eye on Silicon Valley and its ambitious visions for the future.

Google this year has retained a quartet of lobbyists in Maryland to remove any roadblocks facing its fleet of driver-free Priuses. It’s tapped consultants in California, Utah, Georgia and other states where the company has tried to deploy its ultrafast Fiber Internet. In Illinois and beyond, Google has worked to battle back legislation that might affect Glass, its high-tech spectacles. And the tech giant has cozied up to leaders in New York state and New York City, while camping out in Massachusetts to seek changes in state tax laws.
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“Google is an example of a company that has, in very short order, come to value political engagement in a very expensive way,” said Lee Drutman, a senior fellow at the Sunlight Foundation. “One of the things you see when a company becomes engaged in politics: They realize it’s not just federal politics, but state and local politics” that matter.
In a sense, Google agrees. “Technology issues are a big part of current policy discussions, not just at the federal level but in the states as well,” a spokeswoman acknowledged. “It’s important to be part of those discussions and to help policymakers understand new technologies, Google’s business, and the work we do to encourage economic opportunity.”
In Washington, Google is already a political behemoth. The tech giant spent more than $3.8 million to lobby federal lawmakers on privacy, patent and immigration reforms just in the first quarter of 2014, according to federal records. So far in the 2014 election cycle, the company also has donated $1.1 million to federal candidates. And it just took residence this month in a new Massachusetts Avenue office that’s within walking distance of Capitol Hill, symbolizing the company’s meteoric political growth since federal antitrust regulators investigated it in 2012.
But Google’s political tentacles reach far beyond the nation’s capital.
(Also on POLITICO: Full technology policy coverage)
It’s especially evident with Google Fiber, its attempt to wire population centers with ultrafast, gigabit-speed Internet. The company aims to take Fiber to a total of 34 cities — possibly including San Jose, Charlotte and Atlanta — but only if it’s able to secure enough local interest along with changes to city and state laws. Already, Google has deployed its lobbyists and lawyers on the ground — long before it has summoned any shovels or dump trucks.
Google wants cities to map out nearby poles and cable lines. In some cases, it has asked regulators to change laws to permit the company and others easier access to that infrastructure, too. Google further seeks a point person in each Fiber location to handle and streamline the building applications process. And the tech giant has started negotiating contracts on where it can store the physical units that house fiber cables and deliver service to homes.
Armed with a regulatory wish list, Google has tapped its long-standing lobbyists in places like California, while registering this year a team of lawyers as its chief influencers in cities like San Jose and Santa Barbara, according to local records. And it has relied on a stable of government-relations minds in Oregon, Utah, Arizona, Texas, Kansas, Georgia and North Carolina to see Fiber to fruition, those states’ data show.
For Google, the aim is to get “cities to do things — not subsidize us, but do things … that lower the cost” to build and offer fiber service, explained Blair Levin, the architect of the Federal Communications Commission’s National Broadband Plan. He’s now the executive director of Gig.U, which works to help bring next-generation Internet to cities and states.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/06/google-lobbying-108167.html#ixzz35kIbbPiM

Ozly is a subscription service for organic, heirloom seeds, helping children and adults alike grow their own food. DD Vasseur likes this!


Ozly

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Ozly is a subscription service for organic, heirloom seeds, helping children and adults alike grow their own food.

STEM AmeriCorps a new AmeriCorps program that’s going to connect more professional scientists and engineers to young students who might follow in their footsteps." President Obama, White House Science Fair, April 22, 2013

STEM AmeriCorps

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"I'm proud to announce... a new AmeriCorps program that’s going to connect
more professional scientists and engineers to young students who might
follow in their footsteps."
– President Barack Obama, White House Science Fair, April 22, 2013

Background 

In 2009, President Obama launched “Educate to Innovate,” a nationwide effort to move American students from the middle to the top of the pack in science and math achievement over the next decade. A growing number of jobs require STEM skills, and America needs a world-class STEM workforce to address the challenges of the 21st century.
In response to this national need, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has placed a priority on using national service to spur greater interest by K-12 students in the STEM professions (science, technology, engineering, and math).
In April, 2013 at the White House Science Fair, President Obama announced STEM AmeriCorps, a multi-year initiative to place hundreds of AmeriCorps members in nonprofits across the country to inspire young people to excel in STEM education.
STEM AmeriCorps advances the goals of the President’s Task Force on Expanding National Service to build public private partnerships that expand opportunities for Americans to serve and increase the impact citizens have on our communities and nation.

Goals 

The goals of STEM AmeriCorps are to:
  • Improve academic performance and engagement in STEM coursework for K-12 students
  • Increase the number of students on track to graduate ready for college and for careers in STEM fields, including those populations who typically participate at lower rates
  • Spark the imagination and interest of students to pursue STEM careers
By strengthening STEM education for students, especially those from low-income backgrounds, STEM AmeriCorps is sparking greater interest in math and science and building ladders of opportunity these students might otherwise never have.
STEM AmeriCorps is also helping our nation compete for the jobs and industries of the future by encouraging more students to go into STEM professions.

STEM AmeriCorps: Partnerships in Action

Whether through engaging STEM professionals as mentors, increasing the number of STEM teachers and teacher support services in the classroom, or creating a community of makers, STEM AmeriCorps is improving the level of STEM education in America.  Here are examples of STEM AmeriCorps in action:
STEM AmeriCorps VISTA Southern Initiative: In the summer of 2014, as part of a majo expansion of STEM AmeriCorps, CNCS will place 256 AmeriCorps VISTA members in six Southern states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and West Virginia. These AmeriCorps VISTAS members will connect approximately 18,000 at-risk students in low-performing schools to STEM opportunities. The AmeriCorps members will serve with community groups, educational institutions, and corporate sponsors that are committed to sharing their expertise to inspire new discovery and increase the students’ chances for academic achievement. This initiative will make it possible for students to learn about and build robots, engage with community members to solve challenging STEM tasks, write code that will be uploaded to the International Space Station, participate in a “scientist-for-a-day” program that explores various careers, and learn about food production.
US2020:  Led by US2020, seven American cities are launching new campaigns this year to connect passionate STEM employees from local companies to students in their region, including: Allentown, PA; Chicago, IL; Indianapolis, IN;  Research Triangle Park, NC; Philadelphia, PA; San Francisco, CA; and Wichita, KS. Sponsored by Cisco and launched at last year’s White House Science Fair, the US2020 City Competition challenged cities to develop innovative models for scaling STEM mentorship for young students in STEM, particularly for girls, underrepresented minorities, and children from low-income families.  CNCS partnered with US2020 and Citizen Schools to support 25 AmeriCorps VISTA members, an investment of more than $550,000, to do the important work of engaging communities in this STEM mentoring initiative. Fifteen of these capacity-builders will serve in the winning cities, while 10 will support efforts nationwide.  The long-term goal of US2020 is to mobilize 1 million STEM mentors annually by the year 2020.  Partners include Cisco, Cognizant, Raytheon, SanDisk, Tata Consultancy Services, Chevron, and Discovery Communications.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology):  FIRST AmeriCorps VISTA members serve in low income communities across the country and inspire an appreciation of STEM subjects in young people through FIRST robotics competitions. A focus on bringing FIRST programs to under-represented populations within these communities makes it possible for more students to be exposed to STEM activities. AmeriCorps VISTA members recruit volunteers and support the teams of students in the competitions.
Citizen Schools:  As a part of its Science and Technology Initiative, Citizen Schools deploys full-time AmeriCorps members to narrow the achievement gap by expanding the learning day. AmeriCorps members lead hands-on learning activities in intensive extended-day programs that partner with high-need middle schools across eight states. Members also recruit volunteers to share their experience and expertise with students by teaching engaging “apprenticeship” courses.
Maker Education Initiative:  The Maker Education Initiative is utilizing AmeriCorps VISTA members to develop thriving Maker Hubs within ten high poverty urban and rural communities. The Maker AmeriCorps VISTA program increases opportunities for high poverty youth to engage in making activities that ultimately increase academic engagement in each Hub.
Teach for America STEM Initiative:   Teach for America has created a targeted STEM initiative that is designed to recruit, train and support Teach for America AmeriCorps members with backgrounds in these fields to become effective STEM educators and leaders in the classroom, especially in low income rural and urban communities. Today, Teach for America is one of the largest providers of STEM teachers in the country.

More Information

Contact

CNCS is looking to generate large scale impact for STEM education through public-private partnerships to offer engaging educational programs for students nationwide. If you have questions or would like discuss potential partnerships, please contact:
Rosa Moreno-Mahoney
Senior Advisor, Partnerships and Advancement
rmmahoney@cns.gov

http://www.nationalservice.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2014/us-conference-mayors-endorses-national-service

http://www.nationalservice.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2014/us-conference-mayors-endorses-national-service

Sales from organic farms have increased 82% since 2007 to more than $3 billion.

Sales from organic farms have increased 82% since 2007 to more than $3 billion. More stats: http://j.mp/NewAgCensus
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Too young to retire, too old to start over. The recession and its aftermath have hit older workers especially hard. People 55 to 64 (Networking/Socially Active))


Over 50, and Under No Illusions



Diego Ibarra Sanchez for The New York Times
Clare Novak was running out of work as a management trainer. Then a business contact tipped her to a job in Pakistan; she jumped at the chance.

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IT’S a baby boomer’s nightmare. One moment you’re 40-ish and moving up, the next you’re 50-plus and suddenly, shockingly, moving out — jobless in a tough economy.
Tips From Pamela Mitchell, a Career Coach
  • Know your plan B
  • Ban excuses
  • Find a role model
  • Survey your skills
  • Step outside your comfort zone
  • Give yourself time

News and commentary about baby boomers living through the middle ages.

Readers’ Comments

Readers shared their thoughts on this article.
"Too young to retire, too old to start over. Or at least that’s the line. Comfortable jobs with comfortable salaries are scarce, after all. Almost overnight, skills honed over a lifetime seem tired, passé. Twenty- and thirty-somethings will gladly do the work you used to do, and probably for less money. Yes, businesses are hiring again, but not nearly fast enough. Many people are so disheartened that they’ve simply stopped looking for work.
For millions of Americans over 50, this isn’t a bad dream — it’s grim reality. The recession and its aftermath have hit older workers especially hard. People 55 to 64 — an age range when many start to dream of kicking back — are having a particularly hard time finding new jobs. For a vast majority of this cohort, being thrown out of work means months of fruitless searching and soul-crushing rejection.
To which many experts say, “What did you expect?”
Everyone, whatever age, needs a Plan B. And maybe a Plan C and a Plan D. Who doesn’t know that loyalty and hard work go only so far these days?
“Shame on you if you’re not thinking every single year, ‘What’s my next step?’ ” says Pamela Mitchell, a career coach and author. “It’s magical thinking not to do this.”
Ms. Mitchell, who has reinvented her own career a few times, says everyone should think about options, alternative job paths and career goals, just in case. She recommends talking over job possibilities with family members and, if possible, building a financial cushion.
Constant networking is crucial, too. The idea, she says, is to prepare in case a big change comes.
“If you’re thinking about it, you’ll be doing all this piecemeal along the way,” she says.
All of which, of course, is easier said than done. But some people who have gone through the emotional and financial strains of late-career unemployment say that with skill, determination and a bit of luck, the end of a job doesn’t have to be the end of the world. Changing jobs or careers can be a good thing later in life, despite the many risks. Many agree that a willingness to push beyond the comforts of location, lifestyle and line of work is vital.
Though there is no single path, there are success stories that offer hope." 
OMG, DID I NEED TO READ THIS AND THE NETWORKER< READ MORE SEE LINK-  DD

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Peter F. Drucker - The Essential Drucker The Best of 60yrs of Petter Drucker's Essential Writings on Management - As a life long Environmental Advocate who just happens to be probusiness,this book is absolutely crucial to understanding our present economic mess and how to navigate out of it. DD Vasseur

An old man, with nothing left to give to the world, is now the author of this 'anonymous' poem winging across the Internet.

When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in an Australian country town, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value.
Later, when the nurses were going through his meager possessions, They found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital.

One nurse took her copy to Melbourne. The old man's sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the Christmas editions of magazines around the country and appearing in mags for Mental Health. A slide presentation has also been made based on his simple, but eloquent, poem.

And this old man, with nothing left to give to the world, is now the author of this 'anonymous' poem winging across the Internet.

Cranky Old Man

What do you see nurses? . . .. . .What do you see?
What are you thinking .. . when you're looking at me?
A cranky old man, . . . . . .not very wise,
Uncertain of habit .. . . . . . . .. with faraway eyes?
Who dribbles his food .. . ... . . and makes no reply.
When you say in a loud voice . .'I do wish you'd try!'
Who seems not to notice . . .the things that you do.
And forever is losing . . . . . .. . . A sock or shoe?
Who, resisting or not . . . ... lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding . . . .The long day to fill?
Is that what you're thinking?. .Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse .you're not looking at me.
I'll tell you who I am . . . . .. As I sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding, .. . . . as I eat at your will.
I'm a small child of Ten . .with a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters .. . . .. . who love one another
A young boy of Sixteen . . . .. with wings on his feet
Dreaming that soon now . . .. . . a lover he'll meet.
A groom soon at Twenty . . . ..my heart gives a leap.
Remembering, the vows .. .. .that I promised to keep.
At Twenty-Five, now . . . . .I have young of my own.
Who need me to guide . . . And a secure happy home.
A man of Thirty . .. . . . . My young now grown fast,
Bound to each other . . .. With ties that should last.
At Forty, my young sons .. .have grown and are gone,
But my woman is beside me . . to see I don't mourn.
At Fifty, once more, .. ...Babies play 'round my knee,
Again, we know children . . . . My loved one and me.
Dark days are upon me . . . . My wife is now dead.
I look at the future ... . . . . I shudder with dread.
For my young are all rearing .. . . young of their own.
And I think of the years . . . And the love that I've known.
I'm now an old man . . . . . . .. and nature is cruel.
It's jest to make old age . . . . . . . look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles .. .. . grace and vigor, depart.
There is now a stone . . . where I once had a heart.
But inside this old carcass . A young man still dwells,
And now and again . . . . . my battered heart swells
I remember the joys . . . . .. . I remember the pain.
And I'm loving and living . . . . . . . life over again.
I think of the years, all too few . . .. gone too fast.
And accept the stark fact . . . that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, people .. . . . .. . . open and see.
Not a cranky old man .
Look closer . . . . see .. .. . .. .... . ME!!

Remember this poem when you next meet an older person who you might brush aside without looking at the young soul within. We will all, one day, be there, too!

Jeff Halper Cofounder of Isreali Committee Against House Demolitions - Israeli government practice of denying Palestinians housing permits and tearing down homes when they are built without the permit. This has happened thousands of times. The Committee rebuilt homes as a way to getting Israelis and foreigners involved and to dramatize the injustice. I'm nonafiliated just passing it on.


Subject: Jeff Halper Cofounder of Isreali Committee Against House Demolitions 
Greens and Friends:
Don't miss this chance to see and hear a leading Israeli activist who has been fighting the Home Demolitions in Occupied Palestine. He will be in Ct the last 2 weeks in June during which time he will be making 4 scheduled appearances around the state. See below for the dates and locations.

Jeff has lived in Israel since the 1970's and is a known activist. He can be contacted at: mary@icahd.usa.org

 
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Jeff Halper is Coordinating Director of the Israeli Committe against House Demolitions, a group that has been struggling against the Israeli government practice of denying Palestinians housing permits and tearing down homes when they are built without the permit. This has happened thousands of times. The Committee rebuilt homes as a way to getting Israelis and foreigners involved and to dramatize the injustice. 

He'll be speaking: 

Saturday, June 21 at 4 in Storrs at the Rawitscher home, 343, Codfish Falls, Road (pot luck picnic) 

Sunday, June 22 10 a.m in Old Lyme, CT at the First Congregation Church 

Monday, June 23 at 7 p.m. in Hartford at the Unitarian Meeting House, 50 Bloomberg Ave. 

Thursday, June 26 at 7 p.m. in Hew Haven Bethesda Lutheran Church, 450 Whitney Avenue. 

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flyer all four Halper CT events download (.pdf file) 

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flyer Jeff Halper New Haven Thurs. June 26 download (.pdf file)

Comfrey is rich in vitamin B12, which is important to vegetarians, as very few plants have B12.

Use Comfrey Root as a Natural Remedy

Comfrey root has many natural healing properties, and mixed with other natural herbs, comfrey can create a very potent cold remedy.By Joseph VanSeters 
December 1994/January 1995

Comfrey roots and leaves can provide natural healing properties for all different types of ailments because of its high allantoin content which makes cells grow faster.
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Some time ago, a friend was holding a router between his knees as he changed the bit. Then his grip slipped, and his knee hit the switch. Before he could turn the machine loose, it made several deep cuts on his hand. As he ran to the house, he grabbed a leaf off a comfrey plant, stuck it in his mouth and started to chew. Once inside, he grabbed a jar of cayenne and threw some cayenne down into the cuts to stop the bleeding. He then put the pieces of comfrey leaf he had chewed up over the wound. The cayenne soon stopped the bleeding, and he bound up the cuts with a cloth.     
Two weeks later, he came to an herb meeting our community holds occasionally and told us about the accident. Everyone crowded around to see his hand. It had healed so well tha you couldn't see a scar.     
The genus name for comfrey is Symphytum, which means to "unite or knit together." The name com-firma means simply, "knitting of bones." You can use the leaf and the root, fresh or dried.     
Comfrey contains a special substance called allantoin, which is a cell proliferative. In other words, it makes cells grow faster. This is one of the reasons why comfrey-treated bones knit so fast, wounds mend so quickly and burns heal with such little scarring. Comfrey is often called knitbone or healing herb.     
This same substance, allantoin, is found in the placenta of a pregnant mother which helps the baby grow rapidly. After the baby is born, allantoin is also found in the mother's milk — abundantly at first and less so as the child grows.     
A few years ago, I was tossed off my little black mare and got a couple of broken ribs. I couldn't breathe and thought I'd die. After a couple of days — when I could move — I put a comfrey poultice on my chest for a little while. After a few more days, I applied another poultice, then another. By this time, I felt fine and went back to riding.     
Comfrey is rich in vitamin B12, which is important to vegetarians, as very few plants have B12. It is also rich in vitamins B1, B2, C, E, A and pantothenic acid plus calcium, iron, manganese and phosphorus.     
Dr. H.E. Kirschner, M.D., author of Nature's Healing Grasses (available on Amazon.com), describes one of his most interesting cases involving comfrey: "A middle-aged woman came to me with a large malignant ulcer below the eye and close to the nose. I prescribed a comfrey poultice and a "green drink" containing comfrey leaves. Soon after the application of the comfrey leaf poultice, the painful swelling subsided and rapid improvement was noted. Only a few months after the initial treatment, there was complete healing of the infected area, and the malignant ulcer had disappeared."     
Dr. Kirschner devoted four chapters in his book to comfrey. He says it's great for lung and bronchial problems, skin and stomach ulcers, arthritis, skin cancer, tuberculosis, asthma and even works as a beauty aid.     


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